Monkitail named best new restaurant of 2017!

Vicia Restaurant takes runner-up spot

The United States is home to more than a million different restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association, with hundreds of new options opening up each year. We asked a panel of food and travel experts to nominate their 20 favorite new restaurants to open in the past 18 months, ranging from chef-driven fast casual concepts to high end dining with a focus on hyper-local and sustainable ingredients.

  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya
    Austin

    Kemuri Tatsu-ya brings an authentic Japanese izakaya experience to the Texas capital. The flavors of Texas and Japan join forces in memorable dishes like smoked spicy pork ribs with gochujang pepper rub and pickles, chicharon yakitori skewers, BBQ brisket ramen with smoked jalapeño or chili cheese takoyaki.
    Photo courtesy of Kemuri Tatsu-ya / Facebook

  • Meraki Greek Bistro
    Miami

    Dining at Meraki Greek Bistro in Miami is like being transported to the Greek Islands. Specialties include homemade gyro meat, an a la carte souvlaki (skewer) bar and a huge menu of traditional appetizers – everything from hummus and dolmades to Greek nachos and homemade meatballs.
    Photo courtesy of Meraki Greek Bistro

  • Brewery Bhavana
    Raleigh, N.C.

    Part brewery, part dim sum restaurant, part flower shop and part bookstore, Brewery Bhavana is all about community. Open for lunch and dinner in downtown Raleigh's historic Moore Square Park, this new restaurant pours 20 taps of beer alongside a menu of items like braised pork-stuffed buns, scallion pancakes, seafood dumplings and duck egg rolls.
    Photo courtesy of Brewery Bhavana

  • P.Y.T.
    Los Angeles

    P.Y.T., a veggie-centered restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, takes its menu inspiration from the fresh produce of a nearby garden. Caspian pink tomatoes might become a tomato tart with créme fraîche, basil, Brebirousse cheese. Fragrant chocolate mint might be used to highlight a dish of handmade pasta with shishito peppers, yuzu brown butter and garlic cream. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
    Photo courtesy of Dylan + Jeni / P.Y.T.

  • Hart's
    Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Chef Nick Perkins brings quality, unfussy food to Brooklyn with his new restaurant Hart's, where simple ingredients combine to form memorable dishes that are already garnering a loyal following. Favorites include clam toast (made with bread from local She Wolf Bakery) and a grass-fed lamb burger.
    Photo courtesy of Hart's

  • Rooster Soup Company
    Philadelphia

    In partnership with Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative, all of the proceed from Philadelphia's new Rooster Soup Company go toward supporting those in need. The homestyle menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and hearty blue plate dinners.
    Photo courtesy of Alexandra Hawkins / Rooster Soup Company

  • The Morris
    San Francisco

    The Morris, a modest and unfussy bistro in San Francisco, serves a simple, seasonal menu from Chef Gavin Schmidt, served alongside a wine and spirit collection curated by founder and sommelier Paul Einbund. 
    Photo courtesy of The Morris / Facebook

  • Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman
    San Antonio

    Classic dishes get a contemporary twist at Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman, the new restaurant at San Antonio's La Cantera Resort & Spa. The seasonal menu features Gulf seafood, house-aged beef, lamb from the Pacific Northwest and fresh produce sourced from the Texas Hill Country.
    Photo courtesy of Signature Restaurant at La Cantera Resort & Sp

  • Vicia Restaurant
    St. Louis

    Vicia, a new restaurant on the St. Louis dining scene, celebrates vegetables as the star of the menu, whether served as a small plate (petite radishes with whipped ricotta and radish top pesto), a sharable main dish (roasted cauliflower with pancetta, grilled apples and cheese) or even a dessert (pumpkin seed financier).
    Photo courtesy of Kevin Roberts / Vicia Restaurant

  • Monkitail
    Hollywood, Fla.

    Monkitail debuted in 2017 at the Diplomat Beach Resort and is already one of Hollywood, Florida's buzziest new restaurants. Inspired by a Japanese izakaya, the eatery from Chef Michael Schulson features sushi, sake and sharable small plates, including wasabi ceviche, pastrami bao buns, bacon yakisoba and duck shabu shabu.
    Photo courtesy of Monkitail

For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Monkitail - Hollywood, Fla.
  2. Vicia Restaurant - St. Louis
  3. Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman - San Antonio
  4. The Morris - San Francisco
  5. Rooster Soup Company - Philadelphia
  6. Hart's - Brooklyn, N.Y.
  7. P.Y.T. - Los Angeles
  8. Brewery Bhavana - Raleigh, N.C.
  9. Meraki Greek Bistro - Miami
  10. Kemuri Tatsu-ya - Austin

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric GrossmanGerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the American food scene.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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